Tired of snow-filled winters in Calgary, Tara and Paul are leaving Canada for a beachy lifestyle in Coronado, Panama. Eager to start a new business, they want to transform their new home into a bed and breakfast with swimming pool. Under a tight budget and schedule, they are at the mercy of the Panamanian rain season which proves to be a real challenge. Can they get their home and business up and running before their time and funds run dry?
Only six months into their relationship, Grant and Sara are ready to take a leap of faith and buy a new home together. Confident that he can undertake any renovation challenge, Grant opts to handle the construction and design himself with the help of his girlfriend, Sara. It's not an easy task, and such a large project is a risky move for this new couple. Together, they transform this quirky one bedroom into a stunning personalized home where they can begin a new future.
After years of splitting time between Madrid and London, Richard is ready to settle down in England. With dreams of restoring a Victorian style fixer-upper, a difficult house hunt is just a prelude to hardships to come, as Richard quickly discovers that 19th Century charm comes with 19th Century problems. From mold to rot to woodworm, practically everything that could go wrong does. Can Richard--and his budgetadapt and persevere to emerge from the renovation with a Victorian home fit for a king?
With their kids grown up and retirement around the corner, Damian and Kristin are ready to make the move from wintry Connecticut to Quintana Roo, Mexico. After purchasing a new two bedroom home, they must oversee its renovation from afar. Can they trust a local crew to keep things on schedule and under control? Hopefully this move for a relaxing lifestyle does not bring Damian and Kristin more stress in the long run.
With their daughter graduated and moved out, Rick and Susan are ready to leave Canada's cold winters for a return to Rick's homeland of Australia. Hoping to enjoy a life of leisure in the area's year-round beautiful weather, they quickly learn obtaining this goal won't be a breeze. Knowing they'll be doing much of the renovations themselves to fit into budget, Rick and Susan disagree for most of the house hunt, arguing over how much work they can handle. When they finally make a decision and start the renovation, problems and fatigue quickly set in. They quickly find themselves tired, bickering and over-budget. It's not just the house that's at stakethis renovation could rip apart their marriage.
After meeting in Capetown, South Africa eleven years ago, Cobus and Jaco have been inseparable ever since. Now, they've decided to follow their longtime dream of an active lifestyle biking and walking alongside Amsterdam's famous canals. But with Cobus being a 'head in the clouds' idealist whilst Jaco is a pragmatist with a keen eye on the budget, they clash from the onset. With a separate mortgage in addition to the new renovation project, Jaco knows they have little room for error and delay. As the renovation gets underway, however, the combination of expensive unforeseen problems and Cobus' extravagant dreams are driving Jaco, and his budget, crazyand threatens to leave them out of money with an unfinished house.
Retirees Rik and Aleid met online six years ago and haven't looked back. After spending the last three years sailing the Mediterranean and Black Seas on their 44' sail boat, they've decided to return to Amsterdam to be closer to their two grandchildren. But they're not ready to give up their sea legs just yet, opting for a houseboat. With Amsterdam's houseboat inventory being limited, and often very old, they know they'll be purchasing a fixer-upper. Even knowing this, however, does not prepare them for the unique challenges that accompany renovating a houseboatand as the problems pile up, they threaten to sink the entire project.
an Franciscan's David and Amber have always dreamed of a vacation home in Barcelona, Spain, to serve as their launching point for exploring Europe. The time is right, but David is unable to step away from work, so, with the help of friends, Amber sets out to find and renovate the perfect home without him. With the added pressure of not wanting to disappoint David, it's a race to find and renovate their Barcelona dream home before he arrives in 10 weeks. But the renovation stumbles out of the blocks, with countless unanticipated missteps threatening Amber's cherished vintage Catalon features, her budget and her overall vision. With the clock ticking on David's arrival, can she steel her resolve and push through to the finish line?
After surviving too many cold Maine winters, David and Carolyn are ready to return to their honeymoon site in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. Entranced by the wine, beach and charm of the south of France, this couple is ready to renovate a large home for their future together. Along with a trove of treasures left from the previous owners, they discover many a renovation hiccup along the way.
With four children and a small apartment in Stockholm, Charlie and Becca are on the search for a country home in Sodermanland, Sweden for the whole family. They find a large home with more than enough space for the children, but more than a few renovations to be made. Always one for a DIY project, Charlie tackles the work himself and runs into several unexpected mishaps along the way. Will this house be a source of relaxation for this family, or too many headaches to handle?
After years of visiting and falling in love with Paris, Daryl and Angie are finally taking the plunge and purchasing their Paris dream home. But while they share a love of the City of Lights, they don't share similar tastes. With Daryl wanting old Bohemian charm and Angie pushing for modern and airy, they clash from the start of their search. After finally picking a house, they entrust a local contractor to oversee the renovations while they attend to business matters in the United States. A series of unexpected issues mar the renovation, but the biggest challenge comes in attempting to reconcile their vastly different styles.
Peter and Catarina moved to Figueira de Foz, Portugal for a new pace of life near the beach, and to open up a café with Catarina's parents. The lease on their temporary rental is about to end, and they need to find a permanent home. With such a busy schedule, the couple finds it impossible to manage both a business and a full scale renovation on their new home. Will they be able to complete their project before their lease ends and they are forced to move in with Catarina's parents?
Hoping to spend more family time with their two daughters, Craig and Illiana have dreams of an income producing home in the low-cost city of Cuenca, Ecuador, that will allow them to retire at an early age. Despite having never visited Ecuador, they take the plunge and travel to South America with their savings on the line. After deciding between three uniquely Cuencan historic properties, it doesn't take long for their renovation to veer out of their control. From local building customs, to mud and straw walls to human remains on the property, the problems pile up and the renovation stretches on and on with no end in sight. Do Craig and Illiana have the time and money to obtain their dream of a family focused life, or will this strange renovation turn into a nightmare?
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